"We've probably got the best quail crop since 1987 when our hunters bagged more than 5,000 birds on opening weekend," said David Synatzske, area manager at the Chaparral WMA.
"Because conditions are so good we've added 20 additional days that we'll be open for quail hunting.We'll only be closed basically during our special drawing hunts for deer and javelina."The Chaparral WMA
will be open to public hunting Oct. 30 -- Nov. 14 and Jan. 15-28.And, while Synatzske
anticipates seeing a lot of hunting activity on those days, it is the early youth/adult quail hunting weekend of Oct. 23-24 that draws most of the attention."That's really our opener," he
said."In recent years we've gotten as many hunters during the youth weekend as we do on opening weekend, but the neat thing is they have to have a youth in the group in order to qualify."The youth/adult concept began in 1995 as a way to introduce young hunters to quail hunting.Thirty-eight young hunters participated in the first event at the Chaparral WMA
and the interest has grown, with 158 youth last season."Most of the hunters bring a bunch of kids and follow the spirit of what we intended for the hunt," Synatzske
"About half of our hunters pay the daily use fee ($15 available at the WMA), which tells me we are reaching hunters who aren't in the public hunting program," Synatzske
said.While some hunters do bring dogs on the hunts, Synatzske
said they aren't necessary for success.